Daniel Hopsicker has a stunner
waiting for you -- yet his news is not entirely
Earlier, we discussed Wolfgang Bohringer
, the shadowy German pilot connected to lead 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta. Bohringer previously had played the role of personal pilot to the notorious Eastern European financial wheeler-dealer Victor Kozeny.
I once described Kozeny as a character out of a Brosnan-era James Bond flick. If you can think up a better brief description, I'll use it.
To recap our tale: Bohringer started up a "flight school" on the tiny, remote South Pacific isle of Kiribati (pronounced "Kiribas"), which has lots of grass huts and few modern conveniences. Who would want to learn to fly DC3s in a place that even Ginger and Mary-Ann would consider primitive? Smugglers, perhaps.
Not long ago, the FBI, which has long known of Bohringer's connection to Atta, put out a terror alert for the German pilot. The feds wanted to know what he was up to on Kiribati. He promptly left the island on his yacht, the good ship Argos
, on which he reportedly keeps stacks of hundred dollar bills.
And that's where we ended the previous installment.
Turns out the FBI finally caught up with Wolfgang -- who, after a brief interrogation, was allowed to go on his way. Why did the terror alert end so abruptly? According to Hopsicker's source
Bohringer told authorities that he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. The revelation brought his immediate release.
Now, before we continue, let's make a few things clear: Hopsicker has, as far as I know, only one source for this part of the story. He has not named the source and I will not ask him to do so.
As you probably know, lots of crooks have made similar claims. Back in the 1980s, Florida drug runners, upon capture, routinely told cops of their "Company" connections. Many of those claimants nevertheless ended up doing time.
Thus, in all likelihood, the Feds would not have let Wolfgang toodle along quite
so rapidly unless someone back at CIA headquarters had vouched for him.
Keep in mind that a great big "if" underlies the previous sentence: If
Hopsicker's anonymous source has spoken accurately, then
someone probably told a federal agent to toss this particular fish back into the pond.
After making due note of that qualifier, let us pause to consider the implications of these words: Atta had a friend linked to the CIA...
Consider, too, the likelihood of such a link. Why wouldn't
the Agency want to recruit someone in Kozeny's entourage? Even though Bohringer knew Atta well, nobody has ever suggested hauling the German pilot off to Gitmo -- home to numerous "suspects" whose connections to terrorism are tangential or nonexistent.
If you're now asking yourself whether Bohringer and Atta truly were close, this interview
with Atta's girlfriend, Amanda Keller, is a must-see. Although Hopsicker sells copies of his videotaped material, he doesn't seem to mind the fact that someone -- not me! -- made this particular interview available for free. So download away.
Was Amanda a fantasist? The Sarasota Herald Tribune
would have you think so, but plenty of independent eyewitnesses place her with Atta. The interview itself is the best evidence of her veracity. In my time, I've met a lot of yarn-spinners -- people who have tried to inject themselves into big news tales -- but none of 'em could have done what Amanda Keller does here. True, I do not possess an infallible BS detector. (Who does?) But I do know something about acting, and acting this ain't
. Even the finest performers in Hollywood could not pull off improv work of this caliber.
Amanda said that Atta referred to Wolfgang Bohringer as "my brother."
Amanda also said that Atta claimed membership in a mysterious group which he called "The Family."
Shortly before the 9/11 attack, Atta and his comrades ate at a Florida restaurant, where the proprietor heard them make references to "The Family." Hopsicker sells another videotape which contains an interview with the restaurant owner.
Hopsicker assures me that he did not prompt either interview subject. They both made independent
claims that they overheard Atta speaking of an enigmatic "Family." The term "brother" seemed to indicate membership in this "Family."
Was "the Family" intra-group slang for Al Qaeda? The CIA? Another intelligence agency? The House of Saud? The House of Bush...?
I do not know, but I'd love to hear your suggestions -- as long as they have nothing to do with controlled demolitions and other fairy tales.